Daily Archives: May 7, 2020

A Smart Guide to the U.S. Meat Shortage

A Smart Guide to the U.S. Meat Shortage

Jaewon Kang and Jacob Bunge

Wall Street Journal

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted production at U.S. meatpacking plants, leading to higher prices and scarcity for popular items like ground beef and chicken breasts in supermarket meat cases. Grocers, seeking to head off panic buying, have begun limiting purchases and say they are preparing for intermittent shortages through May if not longer.

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Koontz Says Marketing Mandates May Produce Negative Impacts

Koontz Says Marketing Mandates May Produce Negative Impacts


National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President-Elect Jerry Bohn, released the following statement in response to a letter from Dr. Stephen R. Koontz of Colorado State University providing additional context and clarity regarding his work on cattle markets and the use of that research in conjunction with the 30-14 proposal for mandated cash trade for live cattle:

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Will COVID-19 Change the Way Consumers Purchase Food?

Will COVID-19 Change the Way Consumers Purchase Food?

Katie Roberti

California Cattleman

Amid the outbreak of the coronavirus, many questions surrounding our nation’s food supply have risen. What started with consumers rushing to grocery stores and hoarding essentials in the middle of March-leaving store aisles empty and products out of stock-led to many, including U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue having to continuously assure consumers there is no shortage of food in the United States and no need for stockpiling.

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Ranching and Stress

Ranching and Stress

Jeri Tulley

Wagyu World

In early 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study that showed that people working in agriculture, specifically those classified in the “Triple F” category of farming, fishing, and forestry, had the highest suicide rate of all occupations – a rate that was nearly five times higher than that of the general population.

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Growth-Promoting Implants for Suckling Calves:  A Small Investment with a Big Return

Growth-Promoting Implants for Suckling Calves:  A Small Investment with a Big Return

Grant Crawford

Hereford World

One of the many decisions cow-calf producers face is whether they should implant their calves. Although there are clear advantages in weaning weight for implanted suckling calves, the use of growth-promoting implants in suckling calves is low, as data from Superior Livestock show approximately 25% of calf lots received an implant in 2018. The current usage is particularly low when considering over 90 % of feedlot cattle receive at least one implant. Grant Crawford, Ph.D., Merck Animal Health Cattle Technical Services, discusses the misconceptions hampering the use of implants in beef cattle.

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Cow Calf Survey Highlights

Cow Calf Survey Highlights

Tanner Aherin

Gelbvieh World
CattleFax recently conducted its annual Cow-Calf Survey, sponsored by Crystalyx, with results coming from all the major cattle regions across the country. First off, thank you to those who took the time to complete the survey. It is greatly appreciated. The results benefit the industry by providing insight regarding trends for management practices, marketing strategies, expansion or liquidation, and more. Just as importantly, producers can utilize the findings as benchmarks to compare their own operation to their peers. Obviously, there are extensive variations within the cow-calf segment.

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The Value of Bringing Beef Quality Assurance Beyond Producers

The Value of Bringing Beef Quality Assurance Beyond Producers
Frontline Beef Producer

In mid-October, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, took the formally producer-facing Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program and shared it with consumers, influencers, the supply chain, and media for the first time. The decision to introduce these non-producer audiences to the BQA program came out of several market research insights, including the large number of consumers who say they consider when and how their food is raised when making a meal decision. In addition, research consistently shows that animal welfare is by far the top concern consumers have about beef production, an issue BQA directly addresses,

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Preparing for the Breeding Season


Preparing for the Breeding Season

University of Nebraska

Nebraska Extension Educator, Sydney O’Daniel, discusses reproductive management tools for the breeding season.

Let’s play a game of cattle market What Ifs

Let’s play a game of cattle market What Ifs

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

t’s no longer a matter of debate—COVID-19 is real and it’s bad. Cattle markets have been decimated while wholesale and retail beef prices are reaching rocket-propelled heights. Assigning blame gets us nowhere but if you must, blame the coronavirus. The market is functioning as it should, even though it’s become an ugly, depressing and devastating phenomenon. That has led to several proposals to change how cattle are bought and sold.

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Taskforce Formed to Explore for Beef Packing and Processing in Oklahoma

Taskforce Formed to Explore for Beef Packing and Processing in Oklahoma

Woodward News

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) have formed a taskforce with the mission of exploring opportunities that can be provided to Oklahoma beef cattlemen and women specifically in the area of beef packing and processing.

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